Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering

Master of Science; tuition language: English

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The Master of Science Course “Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering” (TropHEE) aims at combining a comprehensive understanding of geoscientific fundamentals with a specific focus on issues of application that are essential in hydrogeology and environmental management. In particular, TropHEE concentrates on methods and modern techniques enabling the participants to find ways for a sustainable development of tropical and subtropical countries from a geoscientific point of view. Although in the broader framework of international development cooperation, TropHEE offers a comprehensive, research-oriented education in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geosciences and Engineering on Master level. One of the two specialisations must be chosen: “Hydrogeology” or “Environmental Engineering”.

Module Handbook

Study Regulations with Semester Course and Examination Schedule

Degree Programme Guidelines/Study Regulations (opens in new tab) in English

Course Catalogue

Departmental programme information

Institute for Applied Earth Sciences

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Semesters 4
Language English
Start of studies Winter semester
Internship see semester course schedule .
Admission requirements 1. A degree B.Sc. Angewandte Geowissenschaften , B.Sc. Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie oder B.Sc. Umweltingenieurwissenschaften of TU Darmstadt (reference programme) or an equivalent degree proving geoscientific or civil engineering competences, or competences in a related subject on at least Bachelor level;

2. English at C1 (GER) level;

3. additional requirements:
Study regulations
Competences description;

4. Formal and language requirements for applicants with international qualifications.

General information on applying to a master's degree programme
Admission procedure Provided that the admission requirements (entrance examination) are met, there are no numerical admission restrictions.
Admission Application deadlines and online application

Early application deadline for international applicants: The application portal TUCaN is already open for international applicants from 1st March 2024 to15th July 2024 for an application for the winter semester 2024/25. This serves, for example, for the application for a visa or for submission to the Foreigners' Registration Office. More information can be found on our website.
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Preparatory courses for international students
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Part-time studies
Doctoral Studies
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Alumni careers

Having completed the course, the graduates are prepared for the following professional areas and fields of research:

Transport and fate of contaminants, with specific knowledge concerning humid tropic and semiarid areas; sustainable groundwater protection with emphasis on tropic areas; planning, design and implementation of groundwater protection areas and catchment areas as well as catchment management; site investigation and remediation of brown fields and contaminated water and soil; soil erosion and protection; investigation, assessment and sustainable exploitation of geo-resources, such as raw materials or water; consulting in the fields of water resources and management.

In addition to this and generally it is recommended to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations, institutions or companies. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts.

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